FIRST FIRE, THEN BIRDS

Obsessionals 1985–2010
New and Selected Poems

First Fire, Then Birds: Obsessionals 1985–2010

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AS MUCH AS, IF NOT MORE THAN

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As relentlessly as anyone at work in our time, H. L. Hix writes toward what Czeslaw Milosz called “a more spacious form,” one “free from the claims of poetry or prose.” As Much As, If Not More Than pursues that ambition first by testing poetry with “thrusts” and “parries” that employ the ancient Hieratic technique of “verse points,” rather than line breaks, to indicate rhythmic units, then by employing an early Renaissance citational form, the glosa, to include within the poems’ compass the words of other artists and poets. By these incisive and absorbing strategies, As Much As, If Not More Than opens another concentric circle in the ever-expanding, ever-more-synoptic vision of H. L. Hix.

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